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BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition A Unique Opportunity For Emerging Talent!

Rocliffe Competitions

In 2021 we will run two competitions - Children, Family and Young Adult Media (inc Family Films) and TV Drama. Film and Comedy will be back in 2022. All competitions are judged by readers, a script selection panel and an industry jury, selected for their proven expertise in that medium. To find out how to apply, go to T&Cs page. For any further queries feel free to contact us, we'll happily respond. Requests and comments on social media will be replied to but not as quickly.

Dates & Deadlines

Children, Family and Young Adult Media*
Applications for Children, Family and Young Adult Media open on 15 Feb 2021. To apply please submit a completed online application form along with your supporting materials by 23 March 2021, 5pm. If you can't afford the entry fee - apply for a bursary please complete a bursary form by 13 March 2021, 5pm. The EVENT date is 27 May 2021.

TV Drama
Applications for TV Drama mini series will open mid July 2021, 12pm. Dates to be confirmed. The EVENT date is mid-November 2021. 

*Children, Family and Young Adult Competition Scripts can be any genre, tv drama, feature - live action or animation


Go to apply.bafta.org/entrant. Select ‘Register’, and register a new account, or login if you have previously used BAFTA’s application portal. Once you have registered or logged in, go to the ‘Create Application’ tab. Find ‘BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition – Select relevant form’. Select ‘Create a new application’ and this will take you to the application form.


Please read our terms and conditions carefully. They also serve as a guide to to apply including the submission materials. You must be a UK resident for 3 years or UK passport holder.


We have a limited number of free entries to our competitions. If you can't afford the fee apply for the bursary. Click here - note entry closes 10 days before the closing date. You have 24 hours to accept and must submit your materials.


All Writers: Are sent an acknowledgement of their entry by email on completion of application. You will not hear from us again until one month before the showcase date. Showcased writers are always contacted at the same time. Reports: Are sent via WeTransfer in the week leading up to the event date.


Three winners of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Initiative get: A fantastic Industry showcase at a central London venue with professional actors and directors, industry introductions, access to bespoke masterclasses and a tailored career planning and profile building session to provide support in navigating the industry. Five tickets to the live showcase with a travel allowance for the writer if travelling from outside of the M25.

Short Listed Writers: Writers whose work makes it to the final stage with the jury get two tickets to the live showcase, they are announced on the Rocliffe Newsletter and on the event handout.